You’ve probably heard about Grapefest*, the Main Street, Grapevine, celebration that brings families, wine, and businesses together for a few days of serious fun each fall. But did you know, Grapevine has more to offer when it comes to wine.
Delaney Vineyard Girls' Nite Out
Delaney Vineyards, for instance, offers tours and tastings, so you can drop by, learn about the wine-making process, explore the vineyards with a tour guide, and sample wines before you go. The Delaney Vineyards tour makes for a great couples’ or girls’ night out. Besides Delaney, which is located on Hwy 121, Grapevine’s downtown district features a few tasting rooms and cafes you may enjoy. D’Vine Wines, for instance, offers live entertainment on Thursday and Saturday nights. Farina’s Winery & Cafe offers a full menu for lunch and dinner. At Homestead Winery & Tasting Room, visitors leave behind their signatures on the wall or ceiling.
Looking for an all-day adventure? Eight Grapevine, Texas vineyards and/or tasting rooms participate in three annual Wine Trail events: the Valentine Wine Trail, February 13 & 14, the New Vintage Wine Trail, April 16 & 17, and the July 4th Wine Trail. Tickets cost around $50 each, and they normally include three tastings at each location, a souvenir wine glass, hors d’oeuvres, and one bottle of wine. Limousine service is available for the tour, as are special hotel packages for out-of-town guests. Continue reading
The economy wanes. Credit card bills are in from the holidays. Your CPA sent you a reminder…tax season is right around the corner! Yea. Then the little lights of your life turn off the Xbox and proclaim, with all sincerity, “We’re bored!”
Before you kick them out in the cold North Texas weather, consider that you could use some decompression time. So for the sake of your mental health and skimpy budget, and to teach the kids that out of adversity, resourcefulness is born, check out these ideas. They are the top five winter equivalents to traditional summer activities .
(You do NOT have to get supplies at Wal-Mart, so there’s another perk. And no electricity is required. Everything you need should be in your house. If not, improvise. That’s half the fun. Oh, and be sure to have your camera close at hand.) Continue reading
Keller residents have a reason to read! An awesome $4 million library expansion will open on March 6th. Want a sneak preview? Friends of the Keller Library is hosting a Gala on March 5th from 6 to 9pm. Visit www.kellerfriends.org to order tickets, which cost $25 each.
The library now features a large patio off the back, overlooking the park. In addition, a teen reading room, community room, and very fun, very colorful children’s area were constructed. An open floor plan and more windows make the space bright and spacious. Continue reading
I had to plan a great event, at a reasonable cost, for girls night out. Problem – my friends are diverse. I hang out with new moms, working moms, grandmoms, and single women. They’re from all budgets and backgrounds, too. So I had to think, what do we have in common besides being female? The answer was clear – a passion for chocolate. That, and we all love great food.
Come to find out, a long-time friend of my husband’s, Josh Webster, a Grapevine resident, is a professional chef. He was my first call – and it was the best decision I could have made. After chatting with me through email and on the phone, Josh created a menu of 8 gourmet appetizers, one to be served every 30 minutes throughout our Saturday night event. From the sirloin-bleu cheese mini burgers to the really exotic creations to homemade chocolate-cayenne ice cream, the entire menu was to die for. Best food I ever had, for certain. Continue reading
It’s 70 degrees in January. Sure, it snowed – and even iced – a few weeks ago, and winter’s not over yet. But what if I told you that you and your family could go snow skiing for under $50 apiece – in Grapevine – during JULY of next year?
In addition to Great Wolf Lodge and The Gaylord Texan, another big indoor extreme experience is headed to our neck of the woods. In just 180 days of construction, Snow Sport Entertainment will introduce Texas Alps to the world. The amazing, $70-million indoor snow ski park to be located at The World Villages of Grapevine, near Great Wolf and The Gaylord. Continue reading
Want something to do now that the holidays are over? Ready to break in those new boots? You’ll have an absolute blast at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, even if you aren’t big on western heritage and smelly (but cute) animals. All the girls love the adorable bunnies, and boys – young and old – watch the motorcycle jumps and bareback-riding Indian with complete awe. And the barbecue! ‘Nuff said.
Be sure to take your camera – and video camera – because when farm animals and yuppies from the suburbs mix it up, you have the perfect recipe for some down-home humor. You’ll even learn a thing or two – like how milk is processed. Don’t be surprised if you’re offered a tug on a teat! (No one will be offended if you politely decline.) You might even find the long history of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which began in 1896, kinda interesting.
Here are some clips from last year’s event…
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo runs from January 11 – February 7, 2010. If you’ve never taken the family to this western extravaganza event, now’s the time. Read on for details, including how much dinero you’ll need to get in the gates and a quick link to the FWSSR website. Continue reading
A Yogurt Story, Roanoke, Tx
Once upon a time, just last Friday, in this very land, a jolly gent and fair maid opened a merchant store to serve no-fat, healthy sweets to the masses, and they call it Yogurt Story.
Located near Wal-Mart in Roanoke, Yogurt Story is the second location, a franchise, of the original Denton-based frozen yogurt shop. Owners of the new location, Ken and Cindy Hartman were at the store yesterday to show me the fun and unique process of creating a yogurt masterpiece.
Yogurt Story is the perfect destination for after the big game, on the way to the mall, or to celebrate a personal victory – like your son’s A+ on his math test or your wife’s recent promotion…or the fact that the laundry is finally finished, folded, and put away. Whether you go alone or with a minivan full of soccer players, you’ll feel welcome and satisfied after your visit to Yogurt Story in Roanoke, Tx. Continue reading